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BitLocker Identifier generated after turning on Bitlocker

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    Windows 8.1

    BitLocker Identifier generated after turning on Bitlocker


    I turned on Bitlocker on three new Windows 8.1 laptops and saved the 48-digit recovery keys and associated identifiers, but I forgot to indicate which laptops they are associated with. Is there any way to find the identifiers/recovery keys on my laptops so I can document this? Or do I have to decrypt the laptop drives, turn off Bitlocker, and start all over again to generate new identifiers/recovery keys? My only options under Manage Bitlocker are Suspend protection, Back up your recovery key, and Turn off BitLocker.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Edwin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    No worries. If you should ever need to unlock to drive, it'll provide you with a recovery key ID number that you can use to ID which recovery key to use. The tutorial below can give you more details about this to help get an idea if ever needed.

    BitLocker Recovery - Unlock a Drive in Windows 8
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Edwin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    No worries. If you should ever need to unlock to drive, it'll provide you with a recovery key ID number that you can use to ID which recovery key to use. The tutorial below can give you more details about this to help get an idea if ever needed.

    BitLocker Recovery - Unlock a Drive in Windows 8
    Thanks Brink. Actually, I am not locked out of these laptops yet. I was asking if it is possible to retrieve the Bitlocker identifier from somewhere on the hard drive for future use if needed. If not I think I will need to decrypt and start all over again. Unless someone knows a workaround.
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    Yep, you can use the command in step 2 of OPTION THREE in the tutorial above to see what the Recovery ID is. Step 5 will help show you how to use the recovery ID number to see which recovery key it belongs to.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yep, you can use the command in step 2 of OPTION THREE in the tutorial above to see what the Recovery ID is. Step 5 will help show you how to use the recovery ID number to see which recovery key it belongs to.
    Thanks Brink, that worked perfectly. Next time I'll read the whole tutorial!
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    LOL, no worries. Glad it could help.
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